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Crop Rotations in 2003: More Wheat and Corn?

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During 2002, market prices for corn, soybeans, and wheat have increased dramatically potentially changing relative profits of crops. This paper examines profits for corn, soybeans and wheat using estimated prices for 2003 crops. Calculations show that wheat and corn is more profitable than soybeans. The remainder of this paper details these changes in profitability. Farmers should revisit crop rotation decisions. Planting more corn and more wheat while planting fewer soybeans may be economically advisable. Farmers, however, should not totally rely on averages shown in this paper. Farmers should use their own yields and costs in making crop rotation choices.

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